The science of facility management is as complex as today’s buildings. Hospitals, laboratories and data centers are easy examples of facilities with critical and demanding operating requirements. But even today’s office buildings present challenges in terms of space management, occupant comfort, networking, tele- and video-conferencing, and security. In most cases, these requirements are clearly defined to the architects and builders but not necessarily to those who will operate and maintain the facility.
Today’s computer aided facility management (CAFM) and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) are designed to manage space, equipment, warranties, spare parts, demand work orders, preventive maintenance, service level agreements, etc. Just as important, though, these systems can capture and store the original design and operational characteristics of a given facility and the equipment contained therein. These CAFM and CMMS applications are capable of capturing space data directly from the design drawings, storing tabular data such as equipment records along with their design parameters and operating characteristics, and storing/sharing electronic documents that are as easy to find as the basic equipment or space record itself.
The best time to collect and catalog this information is during the design and construction phase so that the facility manager is ready when the keys are turned over to the building manager. Processes are defined for demand work orders along with scheduled preventive maintenance tasks. Technicians can quickly respond to trouble calls because they know the equipment, where it is located, how it is expected to perform and how it is controlled. All required data is literally at their fingertips.
Trak Engineering, Inc. is especially qualified to address your facility management needs based on the combined expertise of design and operations. We have experience in the major CAFM / CMMS applications and have worked with clients in a variety of industries – developing best practices that can be shared and modified as needed.
Our services include the following:
• Collecting equipment data, tagging equipment, writing procedures and scheduling preventive maintenance tasks.
• Poly-line AutoCAD drawings and attach those drawings to the database.
• Develop and document processes such as demand work orders, timekeeping and move management.
• Write management reports to measure the performance of the operating and maintenance departments.
• Train users to get the most from the CAFM / CMMS application.
If you have made an investment in your CAFM / CMMS application but do not feel like you are reaping the benefits, then allow Trak Engineering, Inc. to review your operations and make recommendations. Our experienced engineers can make it work for you and keep your facility on Trak.